Skip to comments.Complex, Multicellular Life from Over Two Billion Years Ago Discovered
Posted on 07/06/2010 2:59:07 AM PDT by jerry557
The discovery in Gabon of more than 250 fossils in an excellent state of conservation has provided proof, for the first time, of the existence of multicellular organisms 2.1 billion years ago. This finding represents a major breakthrough: until now, the first complex life forms (made up of several cells) dated from around 600 million years ago.
By studying the sedimentary structures of this site, the scientists have shown that these organisms lived in a shallow marine environment (20 to 30 meters), often calm but periodically subjected to the combined influence of tides, waves and storms. In order to be able to develop 2.1 billion years ago and become differentiated to a degree never attained previously, the authors suggest that these life forms probably benefited from the significant but temporary increase in oxygen concentration in the atmosphere, which occurred between 2.45 and 2 billion years ago. Then, 1.9 billion years ago, the level of oxygen in the atmosphere fell suddenly.
Until now, it has been assumed that organized multicellular life appeared around 0.6 billion years ago and that before then the Earth was mainly populated by microbes (viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc.). This new discovery moves the cursor of the origin of multicellular life back by 1.5 billion years and reveals that cells had begun to cooperate with each other to form more complex and larger structures than single-celled organisms. Several research avenues now need to be explored: understanding the history of the Gabonese basin and why the necessary conditions were gathered to enable this organized and complex life to exist; further exploring the site to enhance the collection of fossils; but also comparing the history of the Earth's oxygenation with the mineralization of clays. The most urgent task, however, remains the protection of this exceptional site.
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Bull****. The people telling you that are the same people telling you that the stegosaur, which American Indian ancestors called Mishipishu ("water panther") and which the original artists of the various petroglyph images you see of them e.g.
clearly saw in real life, died out 65,000,000 years ago.
By the same standards I'll probably be about 700,000 years old myself on my next birthday.
The basic hard, cold reality is that evolution and evoloserism and all of the fairytale time schemes devised to support evolution are dead.
Fascinating, thanks for posting.
There is also a lot of sculptures and paintings from ancient times and all throughout history that show what looks to be alien figures, UFOs, and space ships. Do you suggest that is proof that aliens exist and have been visting us for 5,000 years?
Children in cultures that have never seen bears have nightmares about animals they decribe that can only be bears. The human mind can imagine all sorts of monsters; deoicting them does not make them real.
Dude, a stegosaurus? I think this drawing was most likely the result of peyote.
Hmm ~ now where have we seen that before?
The general consensus on fossilization is that it is quite rare and dependent on multiple environmental and geologic conditions to play together in specific ways. It also takes a long time in human scale
Looks like a caveman's interpretation of an alligator.
Amerind oral traditions describe the water panther as having a sawblade back, red fur, and a spiked tail, i.e. a stegosaur as the image shows. Try doing google searches on ‘dinosaur’ and ‘petroglyphs’. It’s a growing field of research.
Kinda like Trutherism.
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Underwater Panther, National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center
From AUSTRALIA. Two representations of 'rainbow serpent' in aboriginal rock art:
Fossil - PLESIOSAUR
I conclude the depictions of both the 'underwater panther' and the 'rainbow serpent' are the result of OBSERVATION. The creatures obviously existed within the timeframe of the exerience or memory of the artists.
Think I otta ‘splain my theory of relativity and the time/space distortions caused by the influence of Singularities and that there is One present causing the warping of time as can be evinced (in and or to) by the mondo bizarro behavior of the POTUS?
Or should I just say that time is something that NO ONE understands, and Wendy really is 700,000 years old and in another 700,000 years when they pull that stick from the mud they’ll just stick it right back in?
The sauropod dinosaur petroglyph at Natural Bridges, Utah/
Would you also conclude that griffins existed in medeval Europe?
No Helen Thomas pics yet?
and in China the smaller dino's were tame.
what you choose to ignore it that the creatures depicted by pre-historic artists have been shown to have existed by the discovery of FOSSILS.
Fossils have been found exposed by natural erosion. We look at fossils and draw depctions of what we think they might have looked like based on those fossils. Do you disallow the possibility that those depictions may be the result of preistoric people having stumbled onto fossil remains of the same animals we've discovered?
Hey, Fred. Follow this and it all becomes clear.
Ive been studying Afrophysics. Ive discovered Obama isnt really black. Hes just so dense, light bends around him. However, this density causes acretin disc to form around him, making him appear brighter than he really is. As you know, the closer you are to His kind of Singularity, the more time slows. So your position relative to the O can cause some wild variations in time.
This being the case, why not? (what you said)
And thus, the griffin? Interesting idea. Fossil of a winged mammal?
a cretin disc...! Now I get it!
I KNEW you would. So here's the thing, Fred. I believe the power of the human mind is bounded only by the matrix wherein it is confined.
For most peeple...testing...testing...is this thing on?...
I vote bloodbath. ;)
Oh No!! His Presidency has already seemed like an Eternity!
What would have prevented Indians from seeing dino fossils and incorporated those images into their paintings?
The main problem, as I see it, is the O has no concept of my every today existence. What for me is today, won’t cross his awareness for several months. So when he says “It isn’t as bad as it could be”, that has no relevance in my current time. It is as bad as it could be. By the “time” he catches up with “today”, his term as POTUS will be so over. Not that that will do this BDMF any good.
Having better things to do. Generally at least. Lewis and Clarke reported their Indian guides being in mortal terror of the Mishipishu/stegosaur glyphs around the Mississippi and the meaning of the things was clear enough i.e. they were warnings, saying "Be careful, one of these things lives close by". I mean, the things weren't just art work for art's sake.
Amerind artists would touch them up every few decades or so which is why they still exist and the stegosaur was long gone by the time a later artist added the horns which you see on the image from Agawa Rock at Massinaw, Lake Superior.
That’s an interesting theory. I see him as an acretin disk surrounding an enormous black a-hole. It has a very large Schwarzenegger radius and is of sufficient size to absorb all current and future tax money. I’m afraid the events on his horizon will eventually result in a big bang.
As I was observing the fossil remains of a stegosaurus similar to the one shown posted above, a man came up shaking his head and wondering out loud, "can you imagine hunting one of those with only a spear."
I did not reply
In the painted desert park there is a petroglyph depicting the weblos badge
The horns in the petroglyph at massinaw were added at a much more recent time. Amerind oral traditions describe the water panther as having red fur, a sawblade back, and a “great spiked tail” as the glyphs show. No modern animal has a sawblade back or a spiked tail.
“The basic hard, cold reality is that evolution and evoloserism and all of the fairytale time schemes devised to support evolution are dead. “
Prefacing nonsense with a curseword always helps a vacuous argument.
So, your argument is that pictures on a wall from an illiterate savage trump the science of millenia and the intellectual giants that have pursued it over those thousands of years.
Your argument parodies itself.
It's also awfully convenient that they survived long enough for American Indians to have seen them and still be scared of them when Lewis and Clark went west, but no European explorer or settler ever ran into one.
I would suggest they were visiting the Earth about 450,000 years ago.
Or simply an artist's active imagination. What's your basis for drawing the conclusion that it is more likely that the drawing was from direct observation of a living animal, and not from an artist's rendering of an animal from observed fossils or that it was an invention of the artist's imagination?
What evidence leads you to believe that one possibility is reasonable, and the other two not?
The dinos weren’t alone.
Extinct Thylacine petroglyph depicted at Murujuga, Dampier, West Australia.
These creatures became extinct on the Australian mainland thousands of years before European settlement of the continent, but survived on the island of Tasmania.
They likely preferred the dry eucalyptus forests, wetlands, and grasslands in continental Australia. Indigenous Australian rock paintings indicate that these animals lived throughout mainland Australia and New Guinea. Proof of their existence in mainland Australia came from a desiccated carcass that was discovered in a cave in the Nullarbor Plain in Western Australia in 1990. Carbon dating revealed its remains to be about 3,300 years old.
Aboriginal cave painting of a Thylacine and its cub in the Pilbara region of West Australia dating back 6,000 years.
Fossils don't have stripes. What is it that you find so threatening in the theory that pre-historic people depicted the creatures THEY SAW!
I don’t find it frightening at all. I find tacit asssertion that it was impossible for them to have drawn something they didn’t actually see to be dubious. We do it all the time. Why couldn’t they?
Be careful what you ask for.
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